Mystery TV Shows


About Mystery

The mystery genre includes stories that revolve around a crime and the adventures of a protagonist as he or she tries to find the perpetrator of the crime. The genre has long been widespread in popular fiction and on the radio, and with the introduction of television, the mystery genre was quickly and successfully translated to the medium. TV mysteries are typically a subgenre of the crime genre, but mysteries may also be related to the horror and suspense genres.

The defining characteristic of a mystery story is a crime or, less commonly, some other type of puzzle with a hidden answer. Almost always the answer to the puzzle-the person who committed the crime-is unknown to the audience until the end of the story, when the protagonist finally solves the mystery, allowing the viewer to try to solve the crime along with the character in the story. In some cases, the viewer may be given the answer to the puzzle while the hero remains in the dark.

The detective story is a common type of mystery. In these stories, a police detective or sometimes a team of detectives tries to solve the crime, which is very often a murder. The heroes are not always police officers, however; private investigators are common protagonists, and the adventures of amateur sleuths are also popular. In stories involving amateur detectives, the heroes are often drawn into the mystery by chance, and they are reluctant and sometimes bumbling in their quest to figure out the puzzle.

True-crime documentaries, in which the circumstances of a non-fictional crime are considered, are sometimes structured to mimic the fictional mystery forms. In these programs, the details of the real-life crime are revealed incrementally and in a manner meant to develop suspense and keep the viewer guessing until the end.

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Unforgotten
Unforgotten
Homicide Hunter
Homicide Hunter
Columbo
Columbo
Deadly Women
Deadly Women
House of Anubis
House of Anubis
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries
Agatha Christie's Marple
Agatha Christie's Marple
Unsolved Mysteries
Unsolved Mysteries
Desperate Housewives
Desperate Housewives
Murder Calls
Murder Calls
Maigret
Maigret
Gone
Gone
A Touch of Frost
A Touch of Frost
Murder Book
Murder Book
Absentia
Absentia
NASA's Unexplained Files
NASA's Unexplained Files
Bates Motel
Bates Motel
Matlock
Matlock
Falling Water
Falling Water
Beck
Beck
Redrum
Rosemary & Thyme
The Ruth Rendell Mysteries
The Haunting Of
Revolution
Scream: The TV Series
Donna Leon's Commissario Guido Brunetti Mysteries
Fatal Vows
Henning Mankell's Wallander
Twin Peaks: The Return
Jack Taylor
Primeval
Submission
The Haunted Hathaways
Requiem
Murder, She Wrote
Les Petits Meurtres D'Agatha Christie (English Subtitled)
Cadfael
Dolmen
Southern Fried Homicide
Afterlife
Five Days
The Brokenwood Mysteries
The Perfect Murder
Mysteries of the Abandoned
Channel Zero
Nora Roberts' Lifetime Movies
Babylon 5: The Movies
The Disappearance of Maura Murray
It Was Him: The Many Murders of Ed Edwards
Midnight, Texas
Freakish
Diabolical
Agatha Raisin
Swamp Murders
Hinterland
Heat of the Sun
House of Cards
Spooksville
To Catch a Smuggler
Intruders
Deadly Intelligence
Alcatraz
Ellery Queen
Fatal Encounters
Wolf Creek
Monsters and Mysteries in America
Dateline: Secrets Uncovered
Witnesses
The Lost Room
The Guilty
Haunted Highway
I Killed My BFF
The Killing Season
Innocent
Cold Squad
Hand Of God
DNA
Nero Wolfe
A Stranger in My Home
Criminal Justice
Nancy Drew
Inspector Manara
Quincy, M.E.
Altered Carbon
Evil I
Ghost Asylum
Prisoners
Dateline Mystery
Bloodline
Deadly Demands
JonBenet Ramsey
Garage Sale Mystery
Devil in the Details
An Aurora Teagarden Mystery
Randall and Hopkirk
Evil Kin
Jess Archer Versus
Wallander: The Original Episodes
Murder in Suburbia